• 'Gatsby' adaptation less than great

    “Romeo + Juliet” director Baz Luhrmann puts the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel on screen for the summer movie season in “The Great Gatsby.”

    While I’m always a fan of literature in film, “Gatsby” is not the happiest of stories. It’s not what you would call an entertaining time at the movies. Instead, it expresses the central theme that money and decadence can’t make someone happy or make dreams come true.

  • Good stuff comes easy

    It’s strange how we build such complicated lives even though the most enjoyable things in life are quite simple.

    We have houses too spacious to keep clean and appliances that mimic those in the kitchens of gourmet restaurants. But a crisp set of Downy-scented bed sheets or a window open to spring’s breeze brings an indulgent, satisfied smile just as quickly.

  • Elizabethtown artist's shot at exhibit pays off

    A Louisville museum exhibition focusing on some whiskey business got a double shot of help from an Elizabethtown artist who used a unique approach in creating her porcelain shot glasses.

    “I had this idea of making a shot glass out of clay and then shooting it,” Verna McLaughlin said, explaining the idea came from taking the term “shot glass” literally.

  • Abrams' 'Star Trek' lives long and prospers

    One word describes how J.J. Abrams translates his love of the science fiction genre into the images on the screen: Genius.

    Abrams has made a diehard “Star Wars” fan not only appreciate “Star Trek” but love his vision of the famous franchise.

    “Star Trek Into Darkness” takes a clever blend of the old beloved series and twists it into his new version of the “Star Trek” timeline flawlessly.

    There even is a Tribble. 

  • Jisun Mudd expresses emotion in color

    Art for Jisun Mudd is expressing herself through color in a way that brings joy to others.

    She began painting as a teenager and was able to use art as an outlet when she became very ill. Mudd saw art as a gift from God to help her through her illness, and she’s continued for 30 years.

    Mudd also is a local hairdresser, working at Headquarters Barber and Styling in Elizabethtown.

  • Bro Ride: Take it easy

    On any given weekend I find myself on a Bro Ride.

    No, the Bro Ride isn’t me cruisin’ in my car with a bunch of buddies. The weekend Bro Ride is what I call car time with Tybalt, our Pomeranian.

    Like many companions of the canine ilk, Tybalt loves to go for car rides. Neither the destination nor the duration of the ride matter much.

  • Tie-dye gets new twists from Vine Grove artist

    About a year ago, Vine Grove resident Monica de Leon added a little color to her life.

  • ECA welcomes Buddy Greene

    Buddy Greene performs in concert at 7 p.m. today at Elizabethtown Christian Academy.

    Greene, a singer-songwriter and guitarist, has a country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and blues style. He also plays harmonica.

  • Little known facts about Mom

    Because Sunday is Mother’s Day, it’s a perfect time to share a few things you may not know about my mom.

    Everyone who knows her knows she’s a great cook with artistic style and perfect penmanship, a trait I did not inherit from her.

    But she’s much more than that.

    In her youth, Mom was a good athlete. She was a cheerleader at Elizabethtown High School and often could be found around her neighborhood playing baseball. In fact, at one point in her childhood, she wanted to be the first female Major League Baseball player.

  • From Vegas to Middle Earth: Local theater offers something for everyone in 2013-2014 season

    Fantasy, tradition, music and mystery make up the 2013-2014 theater season in Hardin County.

    Hardin County Playhouse and Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School have announced new seasons, bringing variety on this year’s playbill.

    The PAC’s season continues to explore the motto “Because all the world’s a stage,” director Bart Lovins said.